Virginia Pelley

Virginia Pelley is an experienced science and features writer and editor with bylines at Fit Pregnancy, Natural Health, The Atlantic, Washington Post, Chicago Tribune, Vice, The Daily Beast, Men’s Journal, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Al Jazeera America, Cosmopolitan, and of course Fatherly.

This Bud's For You

This One Habit Is The Key To Better Friendships

ByVirginia Pelley

It's no secret that many men struggle to maintain or even build strong friendships. Bucking the trend is essential — and easier if you do this.

Bounce Back

Parental Burnout Feels Inescapable. Here’s How To Break Free

ByVirginia Pelley

The feeling of exhaustion and emotional distance can be debilitating. This is what it takes to get back to being your old self again.

Choices, Choices

How To Make Better Decisions In Uncertain Times

ByVirginia Pelley

Shaky ground can make us feel less secure in our choices. Peter Atwater, author of the new book “The Confidence Map,” offers a clear framework to find a way forward.

Happy Times

The Secret To Living A Happier, More Fulfilling Life

ByVirginia Pelley

A happiness researcher explains.


How To Bounce Back From A Major Setback Stronger Than Ever

ByVirginia Pelley

Disappointments are a big part of life. But it’s difficult to not let them affect self-worth. This is how to truly recover.


What We Get Wrong About Anger & Angry Men

ByVirginia Pelley

TikTok’s “Anger Professor,” Dr. Ryan Martin, discusses the biggest myths about anger and the secret to stopping outbursts before they start.


How To Reinvent Yourself

ByVirginia Pelley

The new book, NEXT!, lays out the path to making a major life change. Here’s what successful self-reinvention truly requires, and the big mistakes to avoid along the way.

Talk Shop

Stressed? These 8 Tips Can Help You Communicate Better

ByVirginia Pelley

Do you not communicate effectively when you’re stressed? Join the club. These tips can help change your behavior.


14 Simple Ways To Make Your Relationship Stronger Than Ever

ByVirginia Pelley

According to roughly a decade of studies in relationship science, here’s what makes a partnership happier and more resilient.


How To Keep Your Relationship Strong When Dealing With Fertility Issues

ByVirginia Pelley

The fertility journey can be a time of overwhelming stress and heartache. Here’s how to get through it together.

Social Studies

8 Common Mistakes Parents Make When Talking About Their Child’s Education

ByVirginia Pelley

According to educators and counselors, this is what parents should keep in mind when talking about their child’s schooling.

Buyer Beware

5 Big Things People Overlook When Buying A Home (But Definitely Shouldn’t)

ByVirginia Pelley

A home is more than what’s contained within its walls.


Why Dark, Embarrassing Thoughts Randomly Pop Into Your Head

ByVirginia Pelley

Intrusive thoughts can happen to almost everyone. This is why they occur and what to do about them.

You Got This

Improve Yourself, Improve Your Relationships

ByVirginia Pelley

Putting in the effort to work on your stuff, whatever it may be, tends to improve all of your relationships.


What Happens When One Person Makes All The Family Decisions

ByVirginia Pelley

It’s not *necessarily* a bad thing. But when both partners are engaged in decision-making, it's often healthier and more effective.

Decisions, Decisions

How to Make Better Joint Decisions With Your Partner

ByVirginia Pelley

This is how to sidestep the most common — and frustrating — parts of decision-making and come together as a unit.

Support Systems

How to Be There For a Partner With Anxiety

ByVirginia Pelley

Ignoring it, getting angry about it, or making constant concessions won’t help. What will: understanding, support, and healthy boundaries.


What Men Really Want In Bed

ByVirginia Pelley

Think you know what drives male desire? Think again.


Your Sex Life is Suffering. Your Partner Doesn’t Seem to Care. What Now?

ByVirginia Pelley

These are the steps to take.

Support System

8 Helpful Ways To Support Your Partner After The Death Of A Parent

ByVirginia Pelley

Here’s how you can be there for them during this difficult time.